This weeks blog is written by Lisa Genovese who is all the way from Geneva, New York. Lisa is also a friend of PPI-SA Senior International Fellow, Sarah Frazier. Lisa recently visited South Africa, and also got to interact with PPI-SA coaches and staff. She reflects on her time in South Africa in this weeks blog.
To say my trip to South Africa, Durban, in particular was an unbelievable experience is quite an understatement.
My friend and current PPI-SA fellow, Sarah Frazier, is the reason I visited SA when I did.
I reside in the US where I work for my alma mater with a responsibility in recruiting students for Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS). With this job I spend much of time of the road and tend to continue that wanderlust during my free time.
Having traveled to many parts of the world I found SA to be one of the most memorable experiences. Coming from a country where material goods are abundant and, in my opinion, sometimes over appreciated – I was drawn to the simplicity in SA. My interactions with all the PPI coaches to talking with residents of local townships, even being invited into the home of a new found friend in the Gugulethu outside of Cape Town, has left a positive lasting impression.
The athletic departments and coaches at HWS quickly offered to donate gear for PPI when I shared their mission. HWS is a liberal arts college guided by a curriculum ground in exploration and rigor. The Colleges foster an environment that values global citizenship, teamwork, ethics, inclusive excellence and cultural competence. My experience in Africa mirrored that of which I have been exposed to at HWS, as both a student and employee.
In addition, I had the pleasure of introducing yoga to many of the coaches and a few local children even joined in! I can’t wait to return for the City Wide Tournament in October and, of course, to have some more of that delicious bunny chow!
Thank you to the people of SA and PPI-SA crew for making my experience so invigorating. See you soon!
Thank you to Lisa and the Hobart and Williams Smith Collages for all the gear that was donated!